Dec 05, 2019 5:45 PM

Textron Aviation announces layoffs, most in Kansas

Posted Dec 05, 2019 5:45 PM

Photo courtesy Textron Aviation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Textron Aviation says the company is laying off an undisclosed number of workers, with most of the layoffs at its headquarters in Wichita.

The company announced the layoffs Thursday but did not say how many employees would be affected.

Company spokeswoman Stephanie Harder said in a statement the job losses would be mostly in engineering and business support. She said the layoffs won’t involve the direct workforce, such as hourly manufacturing and customer support. The layoffs will be effective Dec. 31.

 Textron offered a voluntary retirement program for salaried exempt employees.

Harder said Textron plans to continue hiring skilled advanced aviation manufacturing positions as they are needed.

Textron Aviation employs nearly 10,000 people in Wichita.

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Dec 05, 2019 5:45 PM
Missouri man charged in deadly liquor store shooting

Jhermeil Taylor photo Jackson County

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with killing a man during an argument outside a liquor store.

Thirty-one-year-old Jhermeil Taylor was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Nov. 15 shooting death of 38-year-old Gerald Berry Jr. outside the Cloud 9 Liquor Store.

Two witnesses told police the shooting happened as Berry was trying to intervene in an argument between his cousin and Taylor.

Surveillance video shows Berry raise his hand in an apparent attempt to stop the fight, according to the probable cause statement. It says the video also shows the cousin throwing a punch at Taylor, who ducked away before pulling out a handgun and shooting Berry.

Berry then took out his gun and fired shots toward Taylor as Taylor ran away. Taylor allegedly fired more shots as he ran, got into a car and drove away.

A third witness said the shooting happened during a drug deal, but the other witnessed denied attempting to sell marijuana to Taylor.

Taylor went to police headquarters on Tuesday with an attorney. Court records say he declined to provide a statement to police. No attorney is listed for Taylor in online court records. His bond is set at $100,000.